A year ago Wallace suffered a ruptured liver abscess. It took three months to recover. He lost 100 pounds.
Wallace is a survivor and wants to get his life back together, returning to work as a certified air-conditioning technician. But he needs medical care and has no health insurance.
If he lived in a state that expanded Medicaid, Wallace would have access to affordable health care. Unfortunately, Florida is one of 12 states without expanded Medicaid, leaving working poor residents like Wallace with no affordable path to health care. In Florida, Medicaid is strictly limited, covering only low-income children and parents, pregnant women and individuals with disabilities.
Wallace feels “85% healthy” physically but says he’s a little shakier emotionally after his ordeal.
“I have wild mood swings and I don’t know why,” Wallace said. ““When I’m happy I feel I can do anything,” Wallace says. “When I get down, I feel run over and don’t want to talk to anybody.” He diagnosed himself as Bipolar.
If he could get evaluated to find out what he really suffers from and get on medications that stabilize him or go into counseling, he says he would feel more confident going back into the workforce. He also wants to keep his weight down and avoid excessive drinking, which he thinks led to his liver disease.
“I’d like to get help but I don’t know how to do that,” he says. “I can’t afford it either. I know if I don’t take care of this I won’t be able to go back to work or last long. I’m stuck right now.”